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To the Editor: In this era of "truth in packaging" and "transparency in politics," the Democratic and Republican Parties of Minnesota should trade names. Democracy is when all the people vote on the issues. Republicanism is when the people elect representatives to vote on their behalves. We are a republic (reminder: "and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands"). It is the Republican Party that is saying everyone should vote, and so is proposing legislation as constitutional amendments.
To the Editor: If we ask middle-aged African-Americans if the contributions of blacks were highlighted in American history curriculum when they were growing up, we would hear a resounding no. Historically, the important roles that African-Americans played in shaping America as a nation and as a society were left out or minimized. It was because of this gaping hole in our history textbooks that historian Carter G. Woodson began the campaign for the recognition of Negro History Week in 1926. In 1976, this important work was transformed into Black History Month.
To the Editor: Ellen Anderson was appointed Minnesota Public Utilities Commission chair by Gov. Mark Dayton last spring. Jan. 30 the Minnesota Senate did not confirm Anderson's appointment, effectively removing her from the position.
To the Editor: Many friends and supporters throughout the region helped feed over 80,000 people in need during 2011. As the region's food bank, Channel One gathered and distributed approximately 8 million pounds of surplus food product to people throughout 14 counties in southeastern Minnesota and La Crosse, Wis. Channel One is the primary resource for local food shelves. Demand on local food shelves is growing; demand on Channel One is growing more. We project the 2012 need to exceed 2011 figures. Please support your local food shelf in 2012.
To the Editor: Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, is sponsoring HF389, a bill that would severely limit the abilities of cities, counties and townships to adopt what are known as "interim ordinances." Goodhue County's current moratorium on silica sand mining is a relevant example of our continued need to be able to enact such ordinances when these unforeseeable circumstances arise. The Shakopee representative's bill has the potential to greatly transform the lives of Goodhue County citizens.
To the Editor: What comes to mind when you hear the word "valentine"? Is it love, chocolate, red roses? What about love notes? There are many legends about Valentine's Day, but the one that stands out to me is about Priest Saint Valentine, who despite the law stating that young men were not allowed to wed in hopes to greaten the Army, secretly married couples. He was caught and taken to jail. The night before he was to be executed he wrote to a girl, signing the card, "From your Valentine." Hence, Valentine cards were created. It may be a myth, but it's not unbelievable.
To the Editor: We're shocked by Gov. Dayton's comments pertaining to Ellen Anderson. It's clear he didn't bother to check up on the people he put in place and ensure they were capable of performing the jobs assigned. Anderson pushed her personal agenda, willingly railroaded over Minnesotans' rights and lives. Goodhue will be destroyed and devastated by her actions June 30, 2011 -- the Public Utilities Commission hearing she granted the permits to the AWA project. Citizens, lawyers, health advisers, sound engineers, Department of Natural Resources, U.S.
To the Editor: Local control. Local safety for citizens. Ellen Anderson ruled not once, but twice, against Goodhue County citizens. On June 30, 2011, Anderson's stated reason for "good cause" not to apply our county ordinance was, "I don't like it." Several times Commissioner Dennis O'Brien stated his belief that Minnesota Law requires more than dislike to discount county ordinance. One specific example from our ordinance is a 1.1 times turbine height set back from existing right of ways. There are two petroleum pipe lines in the AWA Goodhue project foot print.
To the Editor: We were so happy to hear of the honor bestowed upon Roy and Al Lodermeier (along with all the other first responders, Mayo One crew and Dr. White); all of whom we treasure. If it were not for all of their persistence, Howard would not be here today to enjoy life. We have moved from Goodhue to Santa Fe, N.M., where we are enjoying life to its fullest but will never forget all of our heroes in Goodhue and Minnesota.
To the Editor: I am an independent voter who used to feel that Democrats were more concerned about average taxpayers and the environment. That belief was shattered by Ellen Anderson. I voted for Gov. Mark Dayton and I am very disappointed in his and Anderson's stance on industrial wind. It was entirely fair for Republicans to reject Anderson. The governor appoints the Public Utilities Commission members, but they must also win legislative approval. The intension is that the appointees will be acceptable to all members of the public.